News and Press releases


  1. Press release

    The European Union and ILO join hands with VTASL to provide NVQ certification for 90 youth in Batticaloa

    28 June 2017,

    Under the European Union Support to District Development Programme (EU-SDDP), International Labour Organization (ILO) have joined hands with Vocational Training Authority of Sri Lanka (VTASL) to increase the skilled labour force in 2 trades namely Heavy equipment operators (60 beneficiaries) and modern dress making (30 beneficiaries) in Batticaloa District.

  2. News

    Celebrating World Day Against Child Labour 2017

    24 June 2017,

    In conflict and disaster, protect children from child labour, the theme of this year’s event.

  3. Asia Clean Energy Forum 2017

    The road to clean energy: Policy coherence and convergence of actions key to a just transition

    23 June 2017,

    The Good and Decent Jobs, Skills, and Entrepreneurship for a Just Energy Transition Workshop gathered over 80 representatives from governments, enterprises, workers, financial institutions and development partners to discuss the future of work for a clean energy and just transition with a panel of experts. The workshop is part of the Asia Clean Energy Forum 2017.

  4. Press release

    Sri Lanka stands at a delicate moment in making child labour one for the history books

    23 June 2017,

    On 22nd June, in collaboration with the Girl Guides Association and the UNICEF, the ILO hosted an event in Colombo to raise awareness on how Sri Lanka can protect children from child labour, particularly in conflict and disaster situations.

  5. News

    Indonesia policy makers to better coordinate on SME policies

    22 June 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia

    Indonesian policy makers, representing relevant ministries, key labour actors and organizations including business development services, have formulated joint intervention programmes to promote better market access and to enhance the application of the information technology as critical steps to develop more coordinated policies and to improve small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia.

  6. 106th International Labour Conference

    ILO ready to face world of work challenges resulting from crisis, labour migration and green transition

    16 June 2017,

    Conference shows that the ILO is ready and able to update its standards, making them robust and relevant.

  7. Press release

    ILO: Restrictions on women’s labour migration can increase risk of exploitation, especially for migrant domestic workers

    16 June 2017,

    Gender-based migration bans and restrictions are one way in which states attempt to address the risk of exploitation and abuse faced by women migrant workers, especially in the domestic work sector.

  8. World of Work Summit: A better future for women at work

    President of Nepal: Women’s empowerment underpins equal, just and peaceful societies

    15 June 2017,

    Societies cannot prosper under conditions of gender discrimination and inequality, said Nepal’s President Bidya Devi Bhandari at the World of Work Summit of the ILO’s 106th International Labour Conference.

  9. Press release

    Women at Work: The Course for Sri Lanka

    15 June 2017,

    Gender gaps in the labour market remain one of the most pressing challenges facing the world of work. Women are substantially less likely than men to participate in the labour market, and once in the job market, they are less likely than men to find a job and the quality of employment they do find remains a key concern.

  10. World Day against Child Labour

    ILO: Prevent child labour, protect children in conflict and disaster

    14 June 2017, Manila, Philippines

    Children put their lives in danger as they are pushed to child labour and trafficking in conflicts and disasters. Almost 70 million children are affected by natural disasters each year and 250 million children live in areas affected by armed conflict.